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 As part of its first quarter earnings report, Yahoo detailed its reduction in headcount. The company cut 1,000 jobs since the first quarter of 2014, to 11,400. That figure does not include 830 contractors that work with the firm. The 11,400 figure was 11,800 at the end of the first quarter. That means Yahoo cut 400 jobs in the past 1.5 months. Presuming that that trend continues, the company… Read More

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 During a video stream discussing Yahoo’s Q1 earnings today, CEO Marissa Mayer noted that Yahoo has closed down 17 offices since she joined the company as part of a wider efficiency strategy. And it looks like Yahoo is eyeing up one more big change in its international profile: the company has retained advisors to decide what to do with its 35.5% stake in Yahoo Japan, a longtime… Read More

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 Nothing separates the “haves” and the 1% like a prohibitively expensive consumer product. Whether it’s a Hermes Birkin Bag or a McClaren PT1 GTR, there are some consumer goods that are almost impossible to purchase and almost impossible to knock off. It’s that exclusivity and false scarcity that you are paying for, in a sense. The newest addition to the Pantheon of… Read More

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 If you are among the 19 million people Apple predicts will buy an Apple Watch, I have some bad news for you — I’m betting there is an important feature missing from the watch that’s going to drive you nuts. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one. In fact, I’m ordering one myself. However, this paradox illustrates an important lesson for the way companies… Read More

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 If there’s any doubt that Netflix doesn’t want to just augment your cable TV subscription, but actually desires to replace it outright, then look no further than today’s news of the streaming service’s intention to reboot the classic 80’s-to-early 90’s comedy “Full House,” under the new, oh-so-creative title, “Fuller House.” The… Read More

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 After the bell, Yahoo reported its first-quarter financial performance, including $1.04 billion in revenue after discounting for traffic costs (ex-TAC) and adjusted earnings per share of $0.15. The street had expected Yahoo to earn $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion. Yahoo’s ex-TAC revenue shrunk from the year-ago period by around 4 percent. The company’s adjusted profit… Read More

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 This week, WhatsApp passed a milestone when CEO Jan Koum revealed that it had broken 800 million active users. That’s quite something in this age, when the leading global social networks and Internet services are well established. Breaking into that club isn’t easy, but WhatsApp has done it — nearly doubling its user base over the past year, since it was acquired by Facebook… Read More

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 Remittances – sending cash overseas – has always been bitcoin‘s killer app. Now the guys at Robocoin have made it more killer. Their new product, called Romit, is basically a way to send cash through a Robocoin ATM to another ATM or merchant account at fees far lower than other remittance providers. Robocoin runs 20 ATMs around the world including systems in Hong Kong,… Read More

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 Less than a month after WhatsApp introduced free voice calls to users of its Android app, so the Facebook-owned company has begun rolling the feature out to its iOS customers. Read More

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 Twitter has today announced some product and policy changes aimed at better tackling violent threats and abuse on its platform. The problem of the mainstream social network being misappropriated as an amplification medium for minority hate groups to — for instance — spread jihadist terrorist sentiments and propaganda, or harass and threaten women with messages of violent misogyny,… Read More

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 No one likes brands more than their friends, and there are plenty of ways to get their marketing updates. Facebook’s unique value is keeping you up to date on your real-life friends. So to “get this balance right” Facebook today announced it’s reconfiguring News Feed to show content from close friends higher up, which may push posts from business Pages further down. A… Read More

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 Apple is sending out emails to developers, offering them a chance to purchase an Apple Watch Sport for delivery by April 28th. It’s doing this to encourage them to test and develop for the Watch, according to the text of an email sent to developers and shared with us. The email, pictured below, says that Apple wants to give developers the opportunity to test WatchKit apps on Apple Watch… Read More

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 “I don’t know anyone who likes calling businesses. It’s not fast or convenient, and it definitely doesn’t feel like the future.” Mark Zuckerberg may as well have been explaining the need for MyTime when he said that last month about Messenger’s upcoming business chat feature. But while Facebook’s just getting started, MyTime’s been working on its… Read More

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 Climate change is real, and it is getting uglier. Global temperatures are continuing to rise, placing enormous strain on water and food supplies throughout the world. Many areas have been hit hard by the climate disruption, but none more prominently than California, where the state has entered its fourth year of drought with massively diminishing water supplies and hectares of fallow land.… Read More

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 Amazon last night rolled out a new travel site it’s calling Amazon Destinations, which focuses on helping customers find “getaway destinations” within driving distance of their homes. Currently, Amazon Destinations features hotel selections in three U.S. metro areas: L.A., New York and Seattle, the company says. This is not the first time that Amazon has dabbled in the… Read More

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 Clever today said it has hired Ben Adida, previously a director of engineering at Square, to be the company’s VP of engineering. The company, which creates a third-party development platform that centers around applications for teachers and students, has around 50 employees, but plans to expand to 150 in the coming year. More than half of that will be engineering, which is why Adida… Read More

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 Have you ever seen a home security video of what dogs do when their owners go to work? I like to imagine that they chill out and celebrate like teenagers whose parents are away, but that’s not usually the case. They typically either mope in the same spot for hours, or anxiously stare at the door waiting for their owner to come home (on special days, this all might be punctuated by… Read More

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 After securing backing from Betaworks, and more quietly Zynga founder Mark Pincus, ChatGrape, the enterprise and team messaging app that pitches itself as a more ‘intelligent’ Slack or HipChat, is launching publicly today. Read More

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 Though Casper prides itself on making sure you catch some Zzz’s, Casper CEO Phillip Krim won’t be inducing any snoring come Disrupt NY in May. His company is company is targeting an industry that most consumers consider a night terror. Maybe we’ll even get him to do the interview lying in a Casper mattress. Anything could happen. It’s Disrupt! Casper is flipping over… Read More

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 Products like Slack, Hipchat, Yammer and Asana have been slowly picking apart the world of enterprise communication, giving workers new, easier to use, and frankly more fun platforms to speak to each other and work on documents together. Now another startup wants to get in on the action. Quip — the mobile-first “word processor” app co-founded by ex-Facebook CTO Bret… Read More

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 Mixmax, which is making e-mail interactive with apps that set-up calendar meetings and polls, raised $1.5 million from Harrison Metal, Floodgate’s Mike Maples and Ann Miura-Ko, Ram Shriram of Sherpalo Ventures and angels Eric Ries, Soundcloud CEO Alex Ljung, Nuzzel CEO Jonathan Abrams, Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis and Soundcloud’s Eric Wahlforss. “It’s crazy that we… Read More

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 Three years ago, fashion marketplace Poshmark launched on iOS with an app that allowed women to buy and sell secondhand items, including clothing, shoes and other accessories, right from their mobile device. The company, which has since expanded to Android and the web as of last year, has now grown its online community to include millions of registered users, and is on track to double its… Read More

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 Google announced earlier this year that it was making a change to its search algorithms which would begin to factor in a website’s “mobile-friendliness” as a ranking signal – meaning that those sites which weren’t optimized for smartphones’ smaller screens would see their ranks downgraded as a result. Today, Google is flipping the proverbial switch and… Read More

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 Atlassian, the company behind developer and collaboration tools like JIRA, Confluence and HipChat, today announced that it has acquired the video conferencing service BlueJimp. BlueJimp, which is headquartered in Strasbourg, France, is the company behind Jitsi, a popular open-source chat and video conferencing tool. BlueJimp’s technology will replace the current video chat technology… Read More

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 After School is back and ready to try again. The mission is the same: Give teens a safe but anonymous place to talk to high school classmates. After several months of retooling the app just relaunched on the App Store and, even with the aggressive safety features in place, growth hasn’t slowed down. When After School hit the App Store in October 2014, it immediately sparked outrage as… Read More

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